Iran remains a sticking point in
plans for a conference to end the conflict in Syria,
international mediator Lakhdar Brahimi said on Friday, with the
United States still refusing to let it participate.
But Brahimi said he would continue to work with Iranian
officials if they were not officially invited. He said they had
told UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon that it would not be the
end of the world if they were not present, and they would
continue to work with him on the sidelines.
Brahimi said he wanted both the Syrian sides to release
vulnerable prisoners, such as women and children, and to improve
humanitarian access as a show of good faith before the Jan 22